Last week saw the revealing of the NBA All-Star Game’s starting lineups from each respective conference. However, tonight brings us the much more interesting and usually controversial selections of the All-Star reserves. Seemingly every analyst shells out their version of who they think will be making up the remainder of the All-Star rosters. One glaring absence that is quite common on many of these predictions is Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond. If his omission proves to be true, it should be considered an absolute snub.
Drummond’s ability on both the offensive and defensive end can only be described as beast-like. The 20-year-old Piston leads all of the Eastern Conference in rebounds per game at 12.7 which is more than a rebound better than Joakim Noah who sits at 11.4.
Another statistic that should give Drummond praise from the coaches who will be selecting the reserves is his amount of double-double games. He currently has an incredible 33 of them through 45 contests. That is nearly triple the amount that Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert has, a player widely considered to be the best center in the East.
Drummond has also posted a fantastic field goal percentage thus far. Granted, he doesn’t take quite as many shots as a Chris Bosh or Al Jefferson, but shooting 60 percent from the field is a number that should be recognized.
Despite the statistics working in Drummond’s favor, it’s understandable if he does end up being left off. With a record of 18-27, many coaches decide not to vote for players who are playing on poor teams.
Also, the NBA recently changed the All-Star format which no longer requires the selection of a true center. Selections can now be defined as simply frontcourt players which may not work in Drummond’s favor if he’s grouped into a much larger pool of centers as well as forwards of the Eastern Conference.
If Drummond does not get the All-Star nod, fans should still see plenty of action from the young Piston in New Orleans. He’s already received a selection to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge and is rumored to be a possible selection for the dunk contest.